Caricature - Daniel Clowes

Clowes presents us with nine vignettes whose common thread is that the main characters are utterly alienated from the world in general and people specifically. Clowes' facial illustrations resonate with powerful emotions, which play interestingly off his often awkward, scratchy portrayal of figures. The trouble I have with these short stories is that in capturing the isolation of his protagonists I find them all a bit abstract and too distant to truly care about the characters or (by extension) the story itself. The exceptions to this might be ""Like a Weed, Joe"" and ""Immortal, Invisible"", both of which have a strength of focus that invites the reader into the mind of their narrators (although the latter's is too intellectual and retrospective and the piece might have been better served in the adolescent voice).